Wednesday, June 26, 2024

The 2024 CSR Conference and Expo in July focuses on innovation and technology in a New and Inclusive Future

“Corporates should view these innovations as vital opportunities to take part in, if not lead an all-of-nation implementations of CSR and ESG that maximize these innovations’ potential and promise while offsetting and minimizing their potential ill effects. These approaches must work to ensure that the application of technology is aligned with the fundamental principles of CSR and ESG, and, by doing so, made inclusive and contributes to social sustainability and the common good.” ~Shem Jose W. Garcia, LCF Vice-Chair and Executive Director, Vivant Foundation, Inc.

Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) have emerged as transformative forces in the modern business landscape, promising significant benefits for early adopters, but they are not without disruptive consequences, including the possibility of disproportionately affecting more vulnerable members of society. The League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) is organizing the highly anticipated 2024 CSR EXPO to rally CSR practitioners to collaborate and leverage the potential of technology and innovation while mitigating risks. This year's conference will be held at the Dusit Thani Manila on July 3 and 4, followed by the EXPO on July 4 and 5 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City. 

This year's Expo, appropriately titled “Reimagining a New and Inclusive Future,” will bring together leaders, experts, and representatives from various industries to discuss important topics ranging from how technology can improve CSR practice and ESG reporting to AI's role as a catalyst for innovation and a source of disruption. It will also include small-group breakout sessions where attendees can learn new strategies and insights about how AI and other revolutionary technologies can be applied to critical areas such as enterprise development, health, the environment, education, disaster resilience, arts and culture, and financial inclusion.  

This gathering of CSR experts will demonstrate how the use of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting can help mitigate the challenges presented by technology. The sector's goal is to ensure that these technologies are inclusive and contribute to genuine societal and national development that benefits the 51% of Filipinos living in poverty.

Esteemed speakers across various spheres
The 2024 CSR EXPO will connect an estimated 200 delegates with industry leaders in CSR, technology and innovation, and other areas, and serve as a venue for dynamic discussions and collaboration.

The speaker lineup includes Keynote Speaker, Dr. David R. Hardoon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aboitiz Data Innovation; Forum Speakers Leo de Velez, co-founder of Frontlearners, Inc.; Sherwin Yap, founder of Kaizen Robotics International; and Sherlo Reyes, Director for the Center for Partnership & Development, School of Deaf Education & Applied Studies at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

Ted Monroy, the UNIDO's country representative; Dr. Alvin Marcelo of the Department of Health's Philippine Digital Health Strategy Technical Working Group; Dr. Chelsea Elizabeth Samson of Ayala Healthcare Holdings Inc.'s head of strategy and communications as well as head of public health and policy; James Elrond B. Lagare, Managing Director, Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc.; Prof. Erika Fille T. Legara, the Aboitiz chair in data science and associate professor at the Asian Institute of Management; Hon. Aprille P. Tijam, Chief of Exhibitions and Collections at the Ayala Museum and Associate Director; Nolasco A. Mempin, Undersecretary for Administration, Department of Education; Engr. President of PCI Innovations Tech Center Sergio Ramos III and Executive Director of the People's Disaster Risk Reduction Network Esteban Masagca.


For the full list of speakers and sessions, please view the Conference Program at 

Recognizing outstanding CSR initiatives

In celebration of National CSR Week, LCF will award noteworthy examples of CSR excellence concurrently with the Expo.

LCF will announce the winners of the 2024 Guild Awards on the evening of July 3 at Dusit Thani Manila. The yearly awards program honors exemplary CSR initiatives undertaken by LCF members.

For the first time, the League will also be awarding the CSR Medal of Recognition to non-members to acknowledge the work and effort they provide in their respective communities. The Medal of Recognition celebrates the interventional activities of non-member corporates. This inaugural program will be held on July 5 at the Glorietta.

Upholding CSR and technology to the public

Meanwhile, the Expo at the Glorietta Activity Center, which will be held from July 4 to 5, will showcase technology-themed CSR initiatives undertaken by LCF members and non-members alike for the general public. 

This year’s exhibitors are Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.; Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.; BPI Foundation, Inc.; Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation, Inc.; Metrobank Foundation, Inc.; Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.; Metro Pacific Investment Foundation, Inc.; Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, Inc.; Vivant Foundation, Inc.; Manila Water Foundation, Inc.; Power 4 All, Inc.; Lopez Group Foundation, Inc.; Energy Development Corporation; BDO Foundation, Inc.; San Miguel Foundation, Inc.; Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philippines, Inc.; Ayala Foundation, Inc.; Don Antonio O. Floirendo Sr. Foundation, Inc.; East West Seed Foundation, Inc.; Joy~Nostalg Foundation, Inc.; SM Foundation, Inc.; PCI Innovations Tech Center, Inc.; Frontlearners, Inc.; Rise Against Hunger Philippines; and Animal Empathy Philippines.

The Expo will also serve as a venue for the launch of LIFE, the League of Corporate Foundations’ Initiative for Food Security, Nutrition and Empowerment. LIFE is a  League-wide initiative working to halt stunting, wasting and malnutrition while collaborating with like-minded groups and government agencies.

Established in 1991, LCF is a network of operating and grant-making corporate and family foundations and corporations in the Philippines. The League has continued to be at the forefront of promoting and enhancing CSR practice among its members and the larger business community in the country. Visit the LCF homepage at and the 2024 Conference and Expo microsite at  

The 2024 CSR Conference and Expo is co-organized with Metro Pacific Investments Foundation, Inc., and Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. It is also brought to you by Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.; Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.; Manila Water Foundation, Inc.; Metrobank Foundation, Inc.; SM Foundation, Inc., Henry Sy Foundation, Inc., and Felicidad T. Sy Foundation, Inc.; and Vivant Foundation, Inc.

For more information please contact Chris Sanchez, LCF Communications Officer, at 

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